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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Review: Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services ( To Be Released by Penguin UK)
Released: 2013
Pages: 421
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 5/5

**Warning: Book 2 in series**

**If you don’t want spoilers, skips the synopsis**


Emma’s struggle, living in an abusive home comes to a breath taking conclusion in Reason to Breath. Readers were left wondering what happened to Emma. Emma is taken out of her home, and everyone knows her aunt tried to kill her. Her distant and alcoholic mother has agree to allow her to move in with her. Emma isn’t convinced that her mother is clean, but she has nowhere else to go. Emma’s life spirals out of control when her mother shows her true signs. Emma’s been leaning on her mother’s boyfriend for support. Her own boyfriend has been very supportive, but she can’t open up to him. Emma’s life is not normal, she’s the gossip of the school and she can’t wait to graduate and move away to university.


I really don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but I love this series! Reason to Breath was amazing, and Barely Breathing was just as suspenseful and captivating. I can’t wait to read book three. I don’t think these books have been released in the US/Canada but I was able to get the books on Amazon. I highly recommend them! If you like Gone Girl, and suspenseful thrillers, these books are for you. 


Emma is a very interesting, likable character. Her aunt was abusive and she didn't want her cousins to loose their mother, so she refused to tell anyone. When her aunt choke her to unconsciousness and beat her, she was rushed to the hospital and the story came out. Now she feels like everyone is watching her, and talking about her. When she asked her mother to move in, and her mother agreed, both of them nervous to live together. Her mother claimed she was clean, but Emma realized soon after that this was not the case. Emma tries to deal with the situation, knowing that she'll graduate soon enough and finally be on her own. 


  1. I loved Gone Girl so I'm making a note of this book.

  2. I bought the first one of these on your recommendation, but haven't read it yet. It sounds like the time is drawing close though!

  3. Mmm...I'm all curious now. I have yet to read Gone Girl. I will keep this series in mind.

  4. I have heard of Rebecca Donovan before and she sounds like a great writer. The abuse and conflict parts sound very tough to read but I'm glad they were handled well.

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